ENGL5501 Australian Textual Cultures

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces students to recent developments in literary and cultural studies in Australia and internationally, focusing on the history of the book and readership, book futures, publishing industry history, contemporary electronic publishing of literature, and literature in public culture. The unit might also involve a case study of a contemporary author or recently published literary text (including Westerly). The content and objectives of the unit tie in with the literature strand of the Australian curriculum in English and with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures cross-curriculum priority.
Students are able to (1) understand recent disciplinary developments within literary and cultural studies that focus on the material history of books, libraries and publishing, and in e-research; (2) situate their reading and understanding of texts in relation to theoretical, historical and critical frameworks and questions; (3) develop knowledge about the range of specific theories and methodologies appropriate to textual cultures; (4) discuss responses to texts and relevant issues in the seminar situation; and (5) research an aspect of textual culture in Australia.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an annotated bibliography; (2) a research essay; and (3) a seminar paper/presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tanya Dalziell
Contact hours
2.5 hours per week (over 10 weeks)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.